ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Hayleys Energy Services said it had safely offloaded an oil rig that had arrived in Trincomalee harbhour on aboard a heavy lift carrier and towed it to India in the first such operation executed in the island's waters.
Queiroz Galvao Oleo Gas S.A.’s (QGOG) an oil exploration firm based in Brazil had contracted Hayley Energy Services offload the semi-submersible oil rig Olinda Star which had been carried on board Dockwise Mighty Servant 1, a heavy lift carrier.
The Trincomalee Port Anchorage was selected for its ideal stable and safe sea conditions much needed deep sea depths, sheltered-calm waters and swing radius, Hayleys Energy Services said in a statement.
The rig was then towed to Kakinda, India.
Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Energy Services, Chas Charles said the company's experts have carried out a "smooth rig offload" in Sri Lanka keeping to industry safety standards and on time.
Ricky Barnett, General Manager of Hayleys Energy Services said the expertise and knowledge of the oil and gas domain gave the company and edge in carrying out complex integrated Oil and Gas logistics services and projects.
Hayleys Energy Services also provided three tugs and supply vessels owned by Sri Lanka Shipping Company (a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited) for the operation.
It had supplied bunkers & fenders, vessel provisions, crew transfer boats, unlashing/welding & engineering work, hospitality services, emergency response services and project management.
The firm said Sri Lanka's Navy, Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Customs had supported the operation.
Hayleys Energy Services is a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited, the transportation and logistics arm of publicly traded Hayleys PLC. (Colombo/Jan10/2018)